Politics Review

Topics: Government, Political philosophy, Political science Pages: 3 (659 words) Published: March 17, 2013
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| | | | |Reading full reference|Van Acker, E, Eccleston, R, Hollander, R, & Williams, P. 2013. Politics for Business Students a Comparative Introduction (2nd), | | |Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW. | |Main point(s) made by |The author describes the role of interest groups as seeking to shape government policy and attempt to apply pressure to | |the author(s) |politicians, policy makers and other political actors. Interest groups are formed to promote general or specific interests and | | |an important role is to ensure governments remain responsive to communities. They do this by expressing the needs, wants and | | |demands of the community to the government. The author then describes the different types of interest groups and how influential| | |they are on government decision making. Sectional interest groups have clearly defined membership and promote a particular | | |interest, usually self-interest. Whereas promotional groups are concerned with promoting causes and moral value issues for the | | |benefit of society. | | |The author discusses in detail the success and limitations of interest groups and the contributing factors. Sectional interest | | |groups have greater access to the media and are able to afford publicity campaigns and often have insider status that allows | | |them to deal directly with the governments. They dominate...
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